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International convention and customs procedures of Belarus

International Conventions
Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Party to the Kyoto Protocol
Party to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
Party to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Party to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer
International Economic Cooperation
Belarus is member of:
- The Eurasian Economic Union
- The Eurasian Economic Community
- The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 
Belarus also signed in 2009 a Free Trade Agreement with Serbia.
Non Tariff Barriers
There are various administrative barriers to market access. According to a report by the Eurasian Development Bank, non-tariff barriers on exports to Belarus are around 25% of the value of exports for Russian exporters and 29% for Kazakh exporters.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
The customs duties in Belarus are those that apply to the Eurasian Economic Union. The proceeds of the custom duties are distributed amongst the members of the Union.

The average Eurasian Economic Union common tarriff in 2020 is expected to be 7.9%, taking into consideration Russia' s commitments to the WTO.

The Union and the impact of Russia's commitments to the WTO means that tariffs have decreased in Belarus.

Customs Classification
Since 1st January, 2010, when the Customs Union of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation was launched, customs and tariff regulation in Belarus is carried out in accordance with the rules of the Customs Union and the Common Economic Area and is based on the unification of international treaties to which the three countries are parties.
The elements of the customs and tariff regulations include the following:
- customs tariffs
- customs declaration of goods, transported across the customs border
- customs procedures
- the unified nomenclature of the international economic activity.
The Eurasian Economic Commission is responsible for the development and application of the unified measures of customs and tariff regulations, which form the legal framework and are directly applicable in the territories of the three countries.

For further information, please visit the website of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Import Procedures
Belarus is part of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and signed the EAEU Customs Code, which came into effect on 1 January 2018. The following changes have now taken effect:

  • Electronic Customs declarations; a customs declaration in paper form is still accepted but only in exceptional cases
  • Customs declarations can be submitted without physical documents and accompanying papers; these will eventually only be required and checked within the course of the risk controlling system
  • Stronger networking with other public electronic databases. Previously registered certificates can be retrieved directly from the existing databases during customs clearance.
  • Simplification and optimisation of the customs declarations content
  • One-stop-shop principle for economic operators
  • Shorter clearance periods for customs procedures
  • The new Customs Code refers less to the national legislation and regulations of member states than before.

For more information, please visit the website of State Customs Authorities of Belarus.

Importing Samples
Samples are subject to the same procedures. For more information go to the Belarusian customs duty website.

To go further, check out our service Import controls and Export controls.

For Further Information
Customs office of Belarus

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